Vadodara (Baroda) Gujarat
Vadodara is a city at which visitors may stop on their way to the west coast of Gujarat. Before Independence, Vadodara was the capital of the princely state of Gaekwad. The Maharaja of Gaekwad was very wealthy and was one of the five rulers to receive a twenty-one-gun salute. Vadodara is 390km north of Mumbai (7 hr) and 100km south of Ahmedabad (2 hr).
The railway station, inexpensive hotels, and bus stand are all in the same area of town west of the Vishvarmurti River, which flows through the center of the city. Tilak Rd, which runs west–east, is the town’s main street on which or near by are many of the hotels and other facilities.
The City Tourist Office (794-456) is to the left across from the railway station (9 am to 6 pm). They arrange tours of the city on Tues, Wed, and Fri (2 to 6 pm) and tours of the city and places outside it on Mon, Sat, and Sun (2 to 9 pm).
Sayaji Bagh Park
Sayaji Bagh is a large park with a mini-railway.
The Vadodara Museum and Art Gallery (daily except Thurs 10 am to 5 pm) is in the park. The museum displays paintings done by famous European artists and Mughal miniatures. It has archaeological finds and ancient Jain sculptures.
The Zoo is open daily except Thurs 8 to 11:30 am and 2 to 5 pm.
The Planetarium is open daily except Thurs; shows in English at 4:30 pm.
Laxmi Vilas Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
The Laxmi Vilas Palace has a sculpture and weapon collection. TheDurbar Hall is outstanding with its stained glass windows and mosaic tiles. It is not usually open to the public, but foreigners can often visit if they call in advance or by asking in the offices opposite the entrance.
Located in the museum are exhibits including an impressive art exhibition with works done by Raphael, Murillo, and Titan. Represented are also Indian, Japanese, and Chinese artists, and paintings done by Raja Ravi Varma.
The museum is just south of the Palace. Open daily except Mon 9 am to noon and 3 to 6 pm from July to March, and between April and June 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Naulakhi Well, 100m north of the palace, is an interesting step well.
Nazar Bagh Palace (1721) has solid gold and silver guns, each barrel weighing over 100kg. It has a Shish Mahal (Mirror Hall).
Tambekarwada is an excellent, old painted haveli once belonging to the Diwan of Vadodara (1849-54). A two-minute walk from the GPO.
The 13th century Dabhol Fort, 30km southeast of Vadodara, has interesting gateways, especially the Hira (Diamond) Gate.
The ISKCON Temple is in a peaceful area on Gotri Rd, about 2km from the railway station. A new temple is presently under construction.
Where to Stay
Many of the cheaper hotels are within walking distance of the railway station.